The world’s oldest cup competition will be getting back to life this weekend. The fourth round of the competition starts off tonight. And things kick off with a tantalizing FA Cup fixture between the two most successful teams in the competition.
Arsenal and Manchester United have won a combined total of 25 FA cups. Arsenal’s 13 is superior to Manchester United’s 12. Both teams might have fallen off the pecking order in recent years in the league. However, they have won a combined 4 out of the last 5 FA cups.
Talk about dominance!
The Gunners won the last 3 out of the 4 FA Cup competitions under Arsene Wenger. This contributed to making the French gaffer the most successful manager in the competition with 7 FA Cup trophies to his name. Manchester United’s success came under Louis Van Gaal when Jesse Lingard got that winning goal at Wembley.
The rich history both teams have in this competition makes their Friday night clash a must-watch one. Both teams are seemingly confident at the moment despite a roller-coaster season. Arsenal’s confidence will come from their win at home against Chelsea last weekend. Manchester United’s confidence will albeit come from their rejuvenation under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer with 7 wins out of 7.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is one manager who understands what this tie means as a player, having featured in the peak of the fierce rivalry. He describes it as “one of the biggest of his career” and “as a fierce rivalry, where both teams were always the closest rivals”
👇 The Fourth Round draw 👇
— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 9, 2019
Over the years, we have witnessed historical moments amongst this two sides. The hype, the tackles and the emotions were always at its peak. We take a look at 3 moments that have been engraved in our memory whenever this two teams went head to head in the FA Cup.
Ryan Giggs’ Wonder Goal
Probably the greatest FA Cup moment between both sides.
It was a semifinal replay at Villa Park after the first leg had ended 0-0. Ryan Giggs was left on the bench for this one as United had one eye on the UCL second leg against Juventus. David Beckham put United in the lead with a trademark free kick goal.
However, Dennis Bergkamp cancelled that out on 69 minutes. Things took a turn for United as Roy Keane was sent off later in the match and all hopes of a treble was fast dying for United. Things went from bad to worse for United as Phil Neville brought down Ray Parlor to concede a penalty.
Peter Schmeichel somehow managed to save Dennis Bergkamp’s stoppage time penalty. Then came the defining moment 109 minutes into the game. Vieira had casually given away possession and Ryan Giggs got the ball, took it all the way from United’s half to the Arsenal box and slotted it into the net. The crowd went berserk!
Vieira’s FA Cup Winning Penalty
Arsenal had won the 2005 FA Cup final against Manchester United, becoming the first team to ever win through a penalty shoot-out. Arsenal were outplayed by United throughout the match, however, neither team managed to score in 120 minutes of football at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
The closest Manchester United came to scoring was a Wayne Rooney that struck the bar after a beautiful corner kick routine. The game had everything needed in a final except the goals. Arsenal held on during the penalty shoot-out and they got their reward.
Jens Lehmann had saved a Pal Scholes penalty, and it was all up to Vieira to seal it. He stepped up, made the run and slotted it into the net. Manchester United had had felt done by as they largely dominated through the game. Arsenal on the other had just repaid the 99 heartbreak.
Welbeck’s revenge goal
Danny Welbeck had been shipped out of Manchester United earlier in the season by Louis Van Gaal. Arsenal ended up being his new home and somehow he had to go back to his former home that same season in an F.A Cup quarter final tie.
Furthermore, playing at Old Trafford in front of his former fans, he must have felt all kinds of emotions. However, he ended up having the last laugh as he pounced on an Antonio Valencia loose ball to round David De Gea and slot into an empty net, sending Arsenal into the FA cup semifinal. Arsenal went on to win the F.A cup with Danny Welbeck missing out of the final through injury.
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Author: Kolawole Babatunde
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